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Phantom Sound Specialists Hollywood FL

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Hollywood. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to audiologists, ENT doctors, hearing tests, ear specialists, hearing aids and devices, and hearing loss communication, as well as advice and content on hearing impairment treatments and resources.

A. Bel Audiology Associates
(954) 889-3675
1861 NW 123rd Ave
Pembroke Pines, FL
Services
Hearing Diagnostic TestingHearing AidsSecond Opinions/Hearing Aid ReprogrammingBalance TestingIn-Ear MonitorsSound Level TestingSpecialty Ear MoldsRace Car ReceiversHearing AidsAssistive Listening DevicesTinnitus EvaluationsTreatment
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Greater Miami Ear Assoc PL
(954) 889-6586
3850 Hollywood Blvd Ste 401
Hollywood, FL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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HEAR RITE - Innovative Hearing Solutions
(954) 376-6801
150 N University Dr Ste 220
Plantation, FL
Services
Hearing Evaluations, Hearing Instrument Repairs, Assisted Listening Devices, Hearing Instrument Cleaning and Servicing, Video Otoscope, Hearing Instrument Demonstrations. Spanish Speaking.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Cleveland Clinic Florida
(954) 376-3017
2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd
Weston, FL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Northeast Hearing Center Inc.
(954) 633-8673
5333 N Dixie Hwy Ste 105
Oakland Park, FL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Nova Southeastern University
(954) 793-4350
3600 S University Dr
Davie, FL
Services
A tour of the NSU campus is an architectural and intellectual feast, with cutting-edge research and learning facilities at every turn. Encompassing 300 acres on the western edge of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, NSU is the modern-day embodiment of Thomas Jefferson’s vision of a university as society’s intellectual and cultural hub.At the heart of it all is the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center—situated between a sparkling lake and wide-open green spa
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SundayClosed
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Clear Tone Hearing Center, LLC.
(954) 889-3687
500 N Hiatus Rd Ste 101
Pembroke Pines, FL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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West Med Hearing & Balance
(954) 828-0433
201 NW 82nd Ave Ste 406
Plantation, FL
Services
Diagnostic hearing evaluation for adults, children and infants.Hearing aid evaluation, dispensing and service. All hearing aids fit on 30-day trial basis Evaluation and treatment for dizziness. Tinnitus EvaluationEvaluation for Cochlear Implant CandidacyElectrophysiological studies of hearing and balance: Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Otoacoustic Emission (OAE) Balance (ENG) testing.Newborn
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 12:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Center For Hearing And
(954) 633-5806
2900 W Cypress Creek Rd
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Services
1,435,912 Floridians have a significant hearing loss. In Broward County the hard of hearing population approaches approximately 146,984 with an additional 8,375 categorized as Deaf. Hearing aids can offer dramatic improvement for around 95% of hearing losses.The effects of hearing loss are complex. Hearing impairment often causes or is clustered with medical, financial, physical and emotional complications, like anxiety and a sense of isolation. A communicative challenge such as hearing loss not
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Hearing Aids Associates, Inc
(954) 357-0353
6221 N University Dr
Tamarac, FL
Services
OUR SERVICES: * Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations * Digital State-Of-The-Art Hearing Aids * All-make Hearing Aid Repairs * Hearing Aid Adjustments * Free Cleaning of your Present Hearing Aid(s) * Wireless Connectivity to your Cell Phone or TV * Hearing Protection for Work and Leisure * Hearing Education for Patients, Family Members and Caretakers
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Musical Ear Syndrome

Answers to Your Questions about Hearing Loss Issues  

by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

A man recently wrote:

Thank you for your research into Musical Ear Syndrome (MES). Also, thank you for your website postings on the subject, and for your book “Phantom Voices, Ethereal Music & Other Spooky Sounds”. My condition is similar to other people that you describe, but there are a few differences. And more importantly, I want to tell you how I have nearly cured myself of MES.

I have had MES for about 11.5 years. I am 53 and in otherwise good health. I am not hard of hearing. However, all my adult life, I have been acutely sensitive to noise when trying to sleep. I run a fan at night to block out noise when sleeping. I played clarinet & violin in school, but played nothing as an adult. I enjoyed classical and rock music as an adult, until the onset of MES.

I cannot pinpoint the exact onset of MES, but my best estimate is August 1996. Living in an apartment, I thought that neighbors were playing music all night. At first, I only heard the music while trying to sleep. Back then I also heard radio & TV sounds. I could hear a voice (sometimes dialog), tones of voice, and content (beer commercials, radio comedy, nature programs, etc.), but I could never quite make out the words. Eventually, I only heard music.

I approached neighbors, asking them to turn down their music. Naturally, they denied that they were playing music. Eventually, I started hearing music during daylight hours. It was so real I firmly felt that the music was external—that it was coming from the outside, not from within me. I would walk through my neighborhood, trying to find the source of the music. For the first three months or so, I insisted that the music was external to me.

By November 1996, I was starting to break down. The music was so loud and intrusive, that it prevented me from sleeping. I could only get 1 to 2 hours of sleep per night. I could not concentrate, eat, or sleep. My time-horizon contracted to simply getting through the day. The music nearly killed me through sleep deprivation.

There was one odd correlate to the music. It would increase in volume whenever background white noise increased in volume. This puzzled me greatly, because I was accustomed to masking intrusive noise with white noise. But white noise just made the problem worse.

The only way that I could convince myself that the music was in my head, and not external, was to leave the city. A friend and I took a road trip. When the music remained unchanged, I realized that this was a hallucination—something in my brain.

I started going to neurologists and psychiatrists in December 1996. If nothing else, I had to get sleep, or I would die. In all, I saw 3 neurologists...

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